October 5, 2015

Marathon Training Update

It's been a while since I talked about my Marine Corps Marathon training plans and progress. This training cycle has been a little different than most. With everything going on at work, it was a bit of a refuge for me and was some quiet time alone in my head. I treated my training runs simply as another thing on my to do list. I haven't been focused on time goals or paces this time around. Quite frankly, I've been more interested in working towards my Team Fisher House fundraising goals. While this isn't my normal attitude towards racing, I'm ok with it.

Testing out my Team Fisher House jersey a few weeks ago
Over the last 3 weeks, I've conquered my highest mileage, logging two-20 mile runs on the weekend.  It's felt really great to hit the higher mileage. With my intense fatigue from work, I really struggled in July and August to hit my weekday mileage goals, so the long runs have been pretty important for me.

Yesterday, I braved the elements and logged my last long run prior to race day. I felt really strong for the first 12 miles or so and then the wind finally got to me. After that, my pace suffered a lot. While it was raining sideways for a few miles, my only goals were to avoid big puddles and not to lose my hat. And the good news was that my hat made it home with me!  With 3 miles to go, I was feeling pretty trashed. Everything hurt and I was really, really tired. And I was nowhere close to home. I stopped my Garmin and pulled over to a big telephone pole to stretch for a minute. And full disclosure, I cried for a minute as I felt pretty sorry for myself. And then I told myself (out loud, mind you) to keep going and just get it done. Slowly but surely, those last 3 miles ticked off and then I heard my watch beep for that glorious 20 mile indicator. Free at last!

While I knew that this run was significant since its completion ushered in that glorious taper that many marathon runners live for (*raises hand*), this thought was far from my mind during those last few painful miles. When I got home, Adam asked me what else was left on my training plan and I told him that this run was the end of the big mileage. He gave me an enthusiastic high five and told me I was ready. And he's right. I may not be going after an aggressive time goal at Marine Corps, I've set a lofty fundraising goal, which I'm approaching woohoo!

As race day approaches, I promised myself that I would spend some time more thoroughly analyzing my training paces to come up with a race day strategy. I also really need to focus on nutrition. With my Birthday and work departure, I've had my fair share of sweets and I am feeling a bit sluggish. Throughout this training cycle, my knee and hips have been a bit aggravated so I also promised myself that I would continue doing yoga a few times each week, foam roll each evening and remember that bag of frozen peas to ice my knee.

I hope to see some running buddies during the race weekend and I've started thinking through some outfit options depending on the weather. Fall marathon season is definitely here!
{Christine}

If you are interested in supporting my Team Fisher House fundraiser, I would greatly appreciate your support! You can donate here.

16 comments:

  1. Kudos to you for not giving up during your 20 miler this weekend! The weather was brutal, and I'm impressed that you still took to the streets instead of the treadmill. With all that you had going on at work, I think you've had a great attitude and approach to this training cycle. Not every race is about going after a PR, and with your focus on raising money for Team Fisher, your heart has definitely been in the right place.

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    1. I questioned my sanity on a few occasions but I was really trying to avoid the TM! Luckily my gym is on my route so I stopped twice for water and a break from the elements. Thanks for your kind words - it's been fun to come out of the mental fog and really enjoy running the last few weeks.

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  2. So proud of you Christine! 20 miles is tough...and it sounds like the weather wasn't kind to you! Great job sticking it out! And now...sweet taper time!!!

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    1. Thanks Mindy! So happy for that wonderful taper! ;)

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  3. You've got this, Christine! Here's wishing you a healthy, happy taper! Hope you're knee and hip feel great come race day!

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    1. Thanks, Karla! Yes, I am working hard to try to keep my knee and hip happy and healthy for the race.

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  4. Congratulations on completing your final 20. Now that you don't have other things to preoccupy you, you can just focus on what you have to do to get to the starting line strong. You will do great! Enjoy the taper.

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    1. Thanks! :) I'm excited to really focus on the race now.

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  5. Awwsome on completion of your final 20! I miss those long run days, that is for sure! They really do make you feel better physically and mentally after they are done, don't they!
    You're going to do awesome at Marine Corps, I think I mentioned a while back to you already but it is one race that definitely will make my top 10 and possibly stay in the tip 5 for a long time coming! It's an incredible experience, looking forward to hearing what you think about it when your finished!

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    1. Oh my goodness, I always feel so happy when they're done. I don't always feel like a million bucks but it's a great feeling when they're done. I really loved MCM when I ran it 2 years ago and I'm curious to see what they do for the 40th anniversary.

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  6. Great job getting out there and doing 20 miles! I'm happy to see you blogging again!! I look forward to your MCM recaps. :)

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    1. Thanks! Those long runs always make me a little nervous so I'm relived when they're done!

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  7. You are awesome. And inspiring! You're gonna be great!

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    1. I don't know about that...maybe a little crazy :)

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  8. Cannot wait to cheer you on!

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  9. Whooo hoo! Yay for taper time!! I hope I get to run into you out there! when are you planning on hitting the expo?

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